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Author Macintyre, Ben, 1963- author
Title Rogue heroes : the history of the SAS, Britain's secret special forces unit that sabotaged the Nazis and changed the nature of war / Ben MacIntyre
Imprint New York : Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Gruop, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
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 人文社會聯圖  D760.S59 M33 2016    DUE 11-27-20    30610020524963
Edition First edition
Descript xvii, 380 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 25 cm
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Note "Simultaneously published in the UK by Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House UK, and in Canada by Signal, an imprint of Random House Canada"--Title page verso
British edition titled: SAS : rogue heroes : the authorized wartime story
"Britain's Special Air Service--or SAS--was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat with a remarkable strategic mind. Where his colleagues looked at a map of World War II's African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel's desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind Nazi lines and sabotage their airplanes and supplies. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to the SAS archives to shine a light on a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy--one whose hard methods would influence contemporary special forces around the world. The result is not only a tremendous war story, but also a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most"--From front flap and publisher description
Includes bibliographical references (pages 363-364) and index
Prologue: Into the dark -- WAR IN THE DESERT -- Cowboy soldier -- L Detachment -- Recruits -- Into the desert -- The Long Range Desert Group -- Devil country -- A party of ghosts -- Blitz buggy -- Benghazi bed-and-breakfast -- Seven airfields -- Mass sabotage at Sidi Haneish -- Desert doctors -- Quite, quite mad -- Alamein -- WAR IN EUROPE -- Italy -- Bulbasket -- Houndsworth -- An eye for an eye -- Paddy McGinty's goat -- A predilection for risk -- Battaglione Alleata -- Into the Reich -- Liberation -- Who dares survives
Subject Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service -- History
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- Great Britain
Special forces (Military science) -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Great Britain
Stirling, David, 1915-1990
Lewes, Jock, 1913-1941
Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service -- Biography
World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Africa, North
HISTORY / Military / World War II. bisacsh
TRUE CRIME / Espionage. bisacsh
HISTORY / Europe / Great B. bisacsh
Great Britain. Army. Special Air Service. fast (OCoLC)fst00550955
World War (1939-1945) fast (OCoLC)fst01180924
Commando troops. fast (OCoLC)fst00869242
Regimental histories. fast (OCoLC)fst01354209
Special forces (Military science) fast (OCoLC)fst01128929
Great Britain. fast (OCoLC)fst01204623
1900-1999 fast
History. fast (OCoLC)fst01411628
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